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The Caretaker (No. 78) 

A State Department official is killed in Beijing, leading Red and Liz to "The Caretaker," a shadowy keeper who maintains a safety-deposit vault for criminals. Also, Tom makes a risky ... See full summary »


Donald E. Thorin Jr. (as Don Thorin Jr.)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai
Mozhan Marnò ... Samar Navabi
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Reg E. Cathey ... The Caretaker
Margarita Levieva ... Gina Zanetakos
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Cynthia Panabaker
Valarie Pettiford ... Charlene Cooper
Nikki M. James ... Rose
Paul Lazar ... Hugo
Madison Arnold ... Anton Velov


A State Department official is killed in Beijing, leading Red and Liz to "The Caretaker," a shadowy keeper who maintains a safety-deposit vault for criminals. Also, Tom makes a risky decision, and Liz continues her quest to learn more about her mother.

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Release Date:

25 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The sender of the message Elizabeth receives at the beginning of the episode is from "Nick's Pizza" - code for Reddington. "Nick's Pizza" was also used on Alias for when Sydney Bristow's (Jennifer Garner) CIA handler wanted to meet with her. EP J.R. Orci also worked on Alias. This is used throughout both series. See more »


After an extended confrontation and conversation with Gina, Tom racks the slide of his Glock pistol (charging the weapon). Since a Glock is a hunk of useless metal and polymer before the slide is racked, it is inconceivable that Tom would not have done that much earlier, before Gina entered the room. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: The question is, why on earth they would want to.
Harold Cooper: Because it's their patriotic duty.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: They're Mexicans.
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Low In The Grave He Lay
Performed by The Blacklist Cast
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the writing is spectacular
18 April 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

If you are a writer or a reviewer (pick one) you know that entire stories, films, TV shows, movies can be based on emotion (drama, romcom, love stories, personal triumphs) or action (Stallone, Arnold, etc) but the trick, the feat of magic, the difference between simple entertainment and brilliance, is combining the two.

Star Wars, the original, did this. If you were were young enough to watch it in the theatre then you will remember not only only the non-stop action but also the story of the Princess and the Evil Warlord and the Young Hero.

What is most remarkable about this episode in this already remarkable series is not only do we have non-stop action (kidnapping, terrorists) but that there is also a powerful undercurrent of emotion in this script that runs through it as neatly as a stitch in a pair of Reboks.

The apology during the last few seconds of a ticking bomb was brilliant. Better than sending roses or chocolates, makes a stronger statement.

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